Navy Studying Camden County OLF Site

The Navy has begun an environmental assessment of a site in northeastern North Carolina that's a possible location for a jet practice landing field.

The study in the Hales Lake area of Camden County will look at wildlife, historical sites and wildlife. The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported that the studies began about three weeks ago.

The Navy is studying five sites in North Carolina and Virginia.

Camden County officials commissioned a study of the site in their county that suggested the peat-based soil in the area wasn't suitable because it is flammable. The study said it would cost more than $14 million to excavate the soil and replace it


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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Dec 31, 2008 at 07:04 AM
    William, It isn't as simple as that.
  • by william Location: rocky mount on Dec 31, 2008 at 05:58 AM
    I wasn't suggesting the ship be operational. It is sitting stagnant in port somewhere already. Anchor it offshore within sight of the coast. They won't be doing arrested landings anyway. All they need is the platform to practice. They'll have a more realistic training experience this way.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Dec 30, 2008 at 04:24 PM
    William, the logistics and cost of that would far exceed the cost of buying land and maintaining the field on land. Maintaining an operational aircraft carrier for that purpose is not cost effective.
  • by william Location: rocky mount on Dec 30, 2008 at 01:25 PM
    It's my understanding the OLF is to practice touch and go or carrier landings. Why not drag a mothballed carrier offshore and let them practice there?
  • by Z Location: Jacksonville on Dec 30, 2008 at 12:15 PM
    Hey NO OLF!! If you are going to post on here at least state your point of view. Your one of those not in my backyard folks. All for wind power but no windmills in my backyard. Why don't you explain why you don't want it. And to Sam is that dumb wildlife going to protect you? I would not put my money on it. The bottom line is that we need places to train. I get tired of hearing the arty go off all the time and I lived on C.P. and had to listen to that too. Deal with it get over yourselves and let us do what we have to do!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2008 at 11:43 AM
    NO OLF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by patriot Location: NC on Dec 30, 2008 at 11:26 AM
    To Sam,Is wildlife more important than our safefy?
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Dec 30, 2008 at 09:16 AM
    If the greenie tree huggers have their way there won't be an OLF anywhere. There will always be a reason why it can't go where ever they consider a site to locate it. Until you get that faction out of it, this will remain a stale mate. What it comes down to is....are we going to defend our country or make sure the ground squirrel is comfortable until someone else is running our nation? Obama Snake Oil, I support the OLF, but lets face it....C-130s winding up pale in comparison to an F-18 kicking in his after burners. I think Sam has a good idea for the location, but there would be large opposition to that location as well. No matter where you put it, the EPA and all of those tree hugger types are going to kick up a fuss.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Dec 30, 2008 at 08:49 AM
    I am a very patriotic person myself, but as a patriotic person, I beleive that neighborhoods, places with a lot of noise such as an OLF, shopping places, and several other things should be sorted out and seperated out from each other. That creates a lot of chaos. A better place to put the OLF at would be in Mainland Dare County, South of East Lake, West of Stumpy Point, North of Englehard, along the eastern banks of the Alligator River. Nobody lives around there, you still have plenty of room for other wildlife, and hardly anybody goes to that part of the Alligator River for fishing, duck hunting or any other water sports. It's not close to any landing either. That area is not really used for anything. This is a way better spot than Camden County, or even Martin/Washington/Beaufort counties. To Obama Snake Oil, I guess that you all must wake up before 6 or 7 every day. To patriot, it's not the noise that the families would have to deal with, the factor is what about the wildlife?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 30, 2008 at 07:21 AM
    I am sure the no OLF people will be there. It seems odd that the runway for the US Coast Guard runs right over Camden yet they will be against this as well. I guess that they don't need any new jobs in the county either. I love the smell of burnt jet fuel, its the sound of freedom. I lived in Fayetteville and heard all of the C130s warming up in early morning. It never bothered my family.
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